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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Mixed Bag of All Sorts

Hello everyone! As you may know, this is my last blog post of 2014. Primarily because this is the last day of 2014. So here is a reflection of 2014 from my personal standpoint.

Basically, the year of 2014 was a mixed bag for me. Personally, it was a great year for me. However, it was a terrible year for all of my favorite sports teams. Here is how it was terrible in a nut shell:

In addition, Team USA got eliminated in the Knockout round during the FIFA World Cup. However, that was more of me rooting for the country more than the team itself since I started following soccer recently (cut me some slack, folks!).

If you have noticed the list, only one team made the postseason in that calendar year and that was the New York Rangers. However, the loss to the Kings still stings a lot considering that they haven't won the cup since 1994.

Now, let's move on to me since the good definitely outweighed the bad. For me, 2014 was a life-changing year for me since I started the year off as a college student and finished the year as a college graduate with a job. Here are the positive things that happened to me or have witnessed personally.

  • Visited Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for the first time since 2002 and got to greet a talking version of Mickey Mouse.
  • Covered a Rutgers Men's Basketball Game as a member of the media with press credentials (even if it was for one night)
  • Got an internship (which led to a temporary/full time position)
  • Interviewed an up and coming professional wrestler for a profile (to be uploaded)
  • Attended a game at Yankee Stadium to see Derek Jeter play in his final year
  • Graduated Kean University with a B.A. in Communication
  • Was part of a big celebration for a wedding in my family
  • Celebrated with friends and family about graduation from college
  • Volunteered at Techweek and got to connect with individuals from many different parts of the tech industry
  • Visited Cancun for the first time (definitely worth it)
  • Attended a Knicks game with friends at MSG
Going back to sports, not everything was all bad. There were some bright moments:

  • Derek Jeter's walk off base hit in his final game at Yankee Stadium
  • Geno Smith getting a perfect passer rating in the game against the Dolphins (every bad QB has their bright moments people)
  • Seeing the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup
  • The whole country of the USA chanting "I believe that we will win!" to show their support for Team USA
  • KC Royals headlining a World Series for the first time since 1985 (not my favorite team, but was fun to watch)
Before I forget, there was also professional wrestling. For the most part, WWE hasn't had the best year since injuries occurred to star performers, but there were moments where I marked out as a little kid.
  • Daniel Bryan beating all three members of Evolution (Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton) to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania
  • Sting making his debut in the WWE for the very first time at Survivor Series
To sum it all up, it has been an interesting year. I know for a fact to start 2015, WWE is not off to a good start. However, that will be discussed later. Fortunately, professional wrestling has some upside since New Japan has a TV deal with AXS TV to telecast their events as well as TNA Impact Wrestling moving to it's new home Destination America. Also, a regional promotion in my area called Pro Wrestling Syndicate has a television deal with WLNY TV 55/10 to televise their shows.

Let's see what 2015 has in store. Until then, stay gold. Happy New Year!